It is being reported that the RFU are set to wield the axe with Stuart Lancaster and his whole England coaching team set to depart.
Although the RFU review panel have yet to officially declare an outcome from their investigation into England’s World Cup failings, insiders are reporting that bossess minds are all but made up regarding the future of Stuart Lancaster, Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt.
The RFU have reportedly held off making any statements in a bid to avoid appearing to have disrupted the World Cup final, however an announcement could be made any day now as those in charge at Twickenham want to ensure a new man is in place with time to prepare for the 2016 Six Nations.
Initially there was some debate as to whether Lancaster was the right man to remain at the helm, however the recent furore surrounding Sam Burgess’s potential return to rugby league, combined with damning statements in the press from some players are believed to have sealed his fate.
The RFU are keen to quickly restore fan trust in the team, and despite the protestations of some, will look to hire a Southern Hemisphere coach with ‘considerable pedigree’ believing this will help combat current criticisms from many fans.
Whilst a vocal minority at the RFU were insistent the coach must be an Englishman, they have been overruled by the desire to ensure the England team begin to catch up with World Cup finalists Australia and New Zealand, and believed the only way to do this is with the hire of a coach from the Southern Hemisphere.
The RFU are however aware of the positive impact Stuart Lancaster’s tenure has had on the England team having somewhat helped them restore their image after the 2011 debacle. They are therefore currently debating the idea of offering him a role within the RFU set-up that would see him help transition younger players into the senior team.